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Biochar Saves Water While Plants Thrive

IMG_1125by Alexa Cajthaml, CLU student

What are the benefits of Biochar?

  • Reduces water usage by 50% due to its porous properties.
  • Crop yields are healthier and larger when biochar is used.

What is biochar?
Biochar is a porous charcoal. It is made through a process called pyrolysis by heating organic biomass materials, such as wood or leaves, with little to no oxygen. Biochar is used in gardens, yards, and landscapes to improve soil and reduce water usage.

How does Biochar work?
Biochar’s pores allow it to retain water like a sponge. Its porous state also retains nutrients. Many biochar brands that are available for consumers to buy are pre-infused with nutrients, which is why biochar plants are reportedly larger and healthier. Because biochar retains both water and nutrients, it has an evergreen effect. Over time, biochar enriched soil will become more fertile.

What is Biochar’s history?
Biochar has been around for thousands of years! The earliest discovery was in the Brazilian Amazon around 400 B.C. Amazonians burned biomass to make charcoal, which they then implemented into their soil. This charcoal (also known as biochar) was able to make their awful rainforest soil usable. Although the Spanish expedition in the mid 1500s left many natives dead from disease, their biochar-enriched soil is still fertile today.

Why should I buy Biochar now?
Our climate is changing, especially here in California. Biochar will combat future droughts and save you money on water! Biochar will also combat global warming by capturing carbon and decreasing chemical emissions. Now is the time to take "CHARge" of our community.

Where can I buy biochar?
Art of Hydro: 5740 Corsa Avenue, #102, Westlake Village, CA 91362; www.artofhydro.com, (818) 865-2227
Blue Sky Biochar: brings biochar to your home! Contact: Michael Wittman, CEO www.blueskybiochar.com (818) 599-9119

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a special promotions campaign by a CLU marketing class.

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